Founded in 2009, Truecaller has received more than $80 million in funding, and now claims north of 100 million users across Android, iOS, Windows Phone, the web, BlackBerry, and Nokia feature phones. The service is essentially a crowdsourced telephone directory, with users tagging telephone numbers with names — this means anyone who has the Truecaller app installed can see who’s calling before they answer, regardless of whether the number is stored on their phone. It also draws on data from a myriad of different sources such as Yelp to help verify numbers, and can be helpful for identifying “nuisance” or otherwise unwanted “spam” callers.
Above: Truecaller Widget
With version 5.0 for iPhone, Truecaller sports an all-new design, but it’s perhaps Truecaller Widget Search that’s the most notable upgrade here.
Apple introduced support for widgets with the launch of iOS 8 last year, allowing third-party apps to place alerts and messages in the notification center. For Truecaller, this means users can identify a missed call simply by swiping down. They can also copy a phone number from their call history log, and see whose number it is by dragging down too.